LEBANON -- Calamity Jane Coley posted 19 points and nine boards and Katie Smith added 12 rebounds, as No. 7 Cumberland pulled away for a 69-30 victory over Oakwood University in the home opener Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The CU women (1-2) forced 18 turnovers, turning those into 25 points, and limited the Ambassadors (1-3) to just eight field goals in the game, including three in the second half. TaCouya Allen netted 17 points with five 3-pointers and Casie Cowan and Kishaun Williams each recorded 10 points for CU.
Coley scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first period, hitting six of her 11 shots. The Lafayette native netted six points in an 11-0 run in the first half and helped the Bulldogs register 19 second-chance points with eight offensive rebounds.
Allen and Cowan nailed 3-pointers the first two trips up the floor for Cumberland, but layups from Simone Brown and Traci Carroll and a jumper by Briana Gill tied the game at six just over two minutes into the contest. From there the Bulldogs put together an 11-0 spurt highlighted by six points from Coley and four by Williams.
The Ambassadors scored just two points and did not have a field goal over a nine-plus minute stretch, with a trifecta by Christy Harris ending the drought at the 7:48 mark. Allen and Cowan added one more 3-pointer apiece in the middle of the period. Coley scored seven of the club’s final nine points, assisting on the final basket to Smith, and CU led 39-16 at intermission.
Williams netted six of her 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half, part of the 16-2 run to begin the period. Allen hit two more trifectas during the spurt and Cowan’s midrange jumper from the right wind ended the stretch, pushing the lead to 55-18.
Cowan and Layce Colter each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the game, part of nine for CU in the contest. Smith posted six rebounds in each half and Cowan and Allen each grabbed six rebounds as well. The Bulldogs also recorded 17 assists as a team on 23 field goals.
Cumberland hits the road for the next month, starting Saturday, Nov. 9 at sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman.